Fashion moments of 2010 pt.2

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2010 had so many memorable style moments that I couldn’t limit my list to just ten happenings. So here are my next ten moments from the world of fashion and style from what has proved to be a pretty amazing year.

Fashion for Relief Haiti

This event, organised by Naomi Campbell, saw a whole host of stars taking to the catwalk in order to raise funds to help mother and babies in the Earthquake stricken nation of Haiti. Denise Van Outen, David Walliams, Nicola Roberts and Jo Wood were amongst those who strutted their stuff on the catwalk. My favourite star turns were from the gorgeous Kimberley Walsh from Girls Aloud, and a rare walk from Kate Moss, who wore a beautiful Alexander McQueen dress as a tribute to the designer who committed suicide in February of this year.

The death of a genius

The world of fashion was shocked by the suicide of British designer Lee Alexander McQueen in February. McQueen had been left shattered by the death of his beloved mother just days before, following on from the suicide of his close friend and mentor Isabella Blow.McQueen was an amazing, irreplaceable force in the world of fashion, he had both stunned and delighted with his innovative, creative designs and will be sorely missed. Sarah Burton has taken over at the helm of  the Alexander McQueen label.

Biba and Barbara

Biba and Barbara Hulanicki re-emerged in the fashion world this year in very different guises. The Biba label was relaunched by House of Fraser as an opulent, glamorous collection fronted by a stunning ad campaign featuring Daisy Lowe. However, the collection was criticised by Barbara Hulanicki, the founder of the original Biba, for being far too expensive. She launched her own affordable collection for Asda George in November. This was a great collection that adhered to the Biba effects of being affordable (most of the range under £30), and more inclusive (sizes up to a size 20).

Biba at House of Fraser

Barbara Hulanicki dress £25 Asda George...I'm wearing this New Years Eve

Barbara Hulanicki Cardigan - a great glamorous cover up

Lanvin/H&M mania

Alber Elbez  fans (and, lets face it, eBay sellers!) turned out in force for the launch of the Lanvin for H&M collection in November. Many shoppers queued overnight to be the first to get their hands on the wristbands that gained entry into H&M stores. The collection itself was a critical hit, with fabulous shoes, cute t-shirts and glam and girly dresses. The whole collection was sold out within hours and was appearing on eBay the same day for double and triple the retail prices. My favourite piece from the collection were these red shoes.

X Factor Fash-Off

With all the scandal concerning this series, thank heavens for the fashion on show each week. Danni and Cheryl provided fashionistas with lots to discuss after each show, with Danni Minogue coming out on top as the most stylish X Factor judge.  Showcasing couture from her own Project D range, Victoria Beckham and Emilia Wickstead amongst others Danni never put a fashion foot wrong. Cheryl, on the other hand, faced criticism for many of her X Factor looks, including her too orange face (from Simon Cowell no less…talk about the pot and kettle!!!), her return to her long extensions, and a range of trashy looking dresses. However, it was not just Danni and Cheryl whose style was dissected. X Factor uncovered a new style star in the stunning Rebecca Ferguson, whose mixture of High Street and designer labels looked polished to perfection.

Rebecca - a new style Sade?

Victoria Beckham – World Domination?

An amazing dress collection worn by Cameron Diaz, Leighton Meister, Courtney Cox, Oprah Winfrey, Danni Minogue and Katherine Jenkins amongst others. A newly launched, sell out Handbag collection. A nomination for best designer brand at the British Fashion Awards. This was the year that Victoria Beckham was finally acclaimed for her designing skills. She was the best advert for her brand, wearing a range of elegant, ladylike looks that banished the WAGTAG for good.

Louis Vuitton Channels the 1950’s.

My favourite ad campaign of the whole year was the one that featured Natalia Vodianova, Karen Elson and Christy Turlington in How to Marry a Millionaire mode as 1950’s style models. The ladylike dresses, the Grace Kelly style grooming, the bouncy ponytails. I just totally loved the whole look and feel of the style. This Louis Vuitton campaign was shot by Steven Meisal, and just fitted in so perfectly with my Mad Men obsession.  Marc Jacobs – I salute you!

The rise of the mini fashionista.

One of 2010’s more worrying trends was the arrival of the mini fashionista. Willow Smith, just nine years old, yet looking like a mini Rihanna whilst singing the irritating ‘Whip my Hair’, was the toast of Milan Fashion week, wearing D&G and carrying a leopard print clutch bag. Chloe Moretz, the star of ‘Kick Ass’, aged 13 and wearing Chanel Resort. How I long to go back to the days of the badly dressed 13 year old Emma Watson on the red carpet!

Gossip Girl styles.

The main stars of the series Gossip Girl showcased very different looks this year. Leighton Meester had the edginess, trying a series of directional styles, but Blake Lively looked far better with her sun-kissed blonde babe image. Taylor Momsen modelled for Madonna and resembled a mini Courtney Love with black kohl and ripped tights. You couldn’t escape them if in the style and gossip magazines this year.

And finally…the wedding of the year!

On a personal note, my beloved little sister Jodie got married on December the 4th, and to me, this was the fashion event of the year. A beautiful bride in a dress inspired by Sarah Jessica Parker, bridesmaids clad in black, handsome groomsmen in dinner suits, and a host of stylish guests, this was my favourite fashion moment of the year…and yes, I am biased!

Well, that’s my fashion moments for 2010. Here’s to a very stylish 2011. Fashion Mommy wishes everyone a happy, prosperous and stylish New Year.

The rise of the redhead.

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Gentlemen might prefer blondes, whilst brunettes are traditionally more sensuous and mysteries, but it is redheads who are having a moment. From Karen Gillan as Dr Who‘s sexiest and most stylish assistant ever, to Nicola Roberts rise to fashionista fame, redheads have been at the forefront of fashion in 2010.

Redheads of all colours and tones have been everywhere in 2010. They are on your tv screen, in your iPod and in the pages of your fashion mags.  Some are naturally auburn, others are proudly coiffed out of a bottle, but all have exuded such style and panache that the likes of Rihanna and Cheryl Cole have recently hitched a ride on the red bandwagon.

History’s most famous redhead was probably England’s greatest Queen, Elizabeth 1st. She defiantly held on to her red locks with wigs after illness left her permanently bald. Her paintings show she was really proud of her Boleyn colouring, knowing it was her crowning glory.

In the 20th century, redheads meant different things during different times. Clara Bow was the quintessential flapper, a working class girl with a heart of gold and a cute red bob. Into the 1940’s and red could spell danger, with Rita Hayworth at her most beautiful as the redheaded Gilda. Maureen O Hara was the Irish colleen with the flowing copper locks in films like The Quiet Man.

Into the 1980’s and red signified the girl next door, with Annie and her cute curls, Molly Ringwald in the John Hughes movies, and Sarah Ferguson, better known to everyone as fun-loving Fergie, the Duchess of York.

The 1990’s bought a more fiery, feisty redhead. Geri Halliwell was the epitome of girl power, with her two tome copper locks, whilst Shirley Manson had attitude and talent in spades as the lead singer with indie band Garbage. Kylie Minogue and Madonna also flirted with the dye bottle during this period.

And now…everyone who is anyone seems to have red hair. Florence Welch and Paloma Faith have gorgeous red locks and bags of talent. Julianne Moore is winning more actress plaudits for The Kids are Alright and looks stunning in the ad campaign for Bulgari.  Emma Stone is the new sweetheart of high school movies. Karen Elson is showing she can sing as well as she can model, whilst Christina Hendricks has been the pin-up of the year, loved for her amazing curves and red hair.

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The most recent ad campaign for Radley shows a model with a mass of red curls nestling the Godalming tote bag, whilst Vivienne Westwood’s Naughty Alice fragrance ad has an Earl Moran style illustrated starlet with…you’ve guessed it…long red hair.

 

At the recent Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the year award, the Dr Who actress Karen Gillan was awarded Ultimate TV actress, whilst Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts was named Ultimate fashionista. Was any further proof needed that this is definitely the year of the redhead. It seems that if you want to get ahead now…you need to get your head in the sink and roll on the colour!

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